Uri Geller was born in Israel of Hungarian/Austrian descent and now lives in England.
Beginning his entertainment career as a nightclub performer, he achieved fame by demonstrating apparent psychic abilities such as telekinesis, telepathy and dowsing. Uri Geller is synonymous with spoon-bending, having used this particular trick as a staple in his performance repertoire.
Uri Geller claims to have acquired his powers, possibly from aliens, after being hit by a bolt of light from the sky when he was four years old.
Uri Geller's fame peaked in the 1970s when he made regular television appearances in the United States. Since the 1980s he has kept a lower profile, claiming to be enjoying the financial benefits provided by dowsing for oil, gold and minerals. He has occasionally claimed to have influenced events such as causing a mechanical fault during the opening ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games.
Critics have pointed out that Uri Geller's career is based largely on tricks which are also able to be performed convincingly by performance magicians. For example, James Randi routinely performs the spoon-bending trick in order to show that no special powers are required.
In 1972 Uri Geller undertook tests of his abilities at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). The results were published in the science journal Nature in 1974 by physicists Russell Targ and Harold Puthoff, concluding that there were no special abilities displayed.
Uri Geller's website: www.uri-geller.com